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Watch live: Opening statements in Derek Chauvin trial in George Floyd’s death

The death of George Floyd, a Black man, while in the custody of Minneapolis police, was one of multiple instances last year that sparked national protest against police brutality of people of color

Opening statements in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd, began on Monday morning.

  • The death of George Floyd, a Black man, while in the custody of police, was one of multiple instances last year that sparked national protest against police brutality of people of color.

The arrest and events leading to Floyd’s death were captured on video and shared online. Police were initially called after a convenience store employee accused Floyd of using a counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarettes, according to The New York Times.

  • I can’t breathe” — a plea Floyd said multiple times before appearing to become unresponsive as officers knelt on his neck and torso — was a rallying cry of protesters last summer.

Chauvin — who was fired and arrested after Floyd’s death — is charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, according to Minneapolis’ Star Tribune.

Days after Floyd’s death, the former police officer offered to plead guilty to third-degree murder, and potentially serve 10 years in prison, as long as he went to federal prison and received “assurances he wouldn't not face federal civil rights charges,” The New York Times reported. Then-attorney general William Barr turned down the plea, saying it was too early in the investigation and left the case to the state, according to the Times.

How to watch the Derek Chauvin trial

Multiple news outlets will be livestreaming the trial, including the Star Tribune and The Washington Post.

  • Court TV will also show the live trial on its website: Court TV link

What to know about the Derek Chauvin trial

A dozen jurors, with three alternates, will decide whether Chauvin is guilty of any of three murder or manslaughter charges, The Washington Post reported.

  • The jury is made up of “one Black woman, two multiracial women, three white men, three Black men and six white women. Seven are under 40 years old,” according to the Post.
  • Jury selection lasted two weeks, the Post reported.

Minnesota District Court Judge Pete A. Cahill will preside over the trial, according to the Star Tribune.

  • Chauvin’s lead defense attorney is Eric. J. Nelson, the Star Tribune reported.
  • The lead prosecutor is Matthew Frank, from the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, reported the Star Tribune.